Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly Glossary

bonze (noun)

monk or priest

consul (noun)

an official diplomat, not as highly ranked as an ambassador, whose duty is to live in a foreign country and provide advice to tourists, businesspeople, and temporary visitors from his or her homeland.

seppuku (noun)

Japanese ritual suicide.

Nagasaki (proper noun)

a city in southern Japan on Kyushu; a leading port and shipbuilding center.

Commissioner (noun)

A government dignitary charged with observing and recording important events such as marriages.

renounce (verb)

to give up forever, disown.

curse (noun)

a harmful destiny, or a verbal expression of the desire for ill fortune to befall a particular target.

geisha (noun)

a Japanese woman who is trained from childhood as a skilled professional musician, dancer, or hostess.

conversion (noun)

A switch from one religion to another.

yen (noun)

The basic monetary unit in Japan.

typhoon (noun)

a tropical storm in the region of the Indian or western Pacific oceans.

brooch (noun)

an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.

sash (noun)

a long strip or loop of cloth worn over one shoulder or around the waist, especially as part of a uniform or official dress.

ornithology (noun)

the scientific study of birds.

destitute (adjective)

without the basic necessities of life.

moon (verb)

behave or move in a listless and aimless manner.

viper (noun)

a spiteful or treacherous person.

wedlock (noun)

the state of being married.

unwitting (adjective)

not aware of the full facts.

jasmine (noun)

An Old World shrub or climbing plant that bears fragrant flowers used in perfumery or tea. It is popular as an ornamental.